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“ [117] the sins of my early life committed, and here do I come to die, and to find them all forgiven through the mercy and love of Jesus.”

“Why, it is but a short trip,” said he to his weeping friends. “It is only taking a little journey, and then safe and happy forever. It is but a trip; we shall all meet again soon, and I want to start and be with Christ.”

“I had hoped,” said he, “to do good, living as a minister of the Gospel, but perhaps God will make my death a ministry for the conversion of those dear ones who are yet out of Christ. I may do more good by dying than by living.” These hopes have not been in vain. One of his brothers has already united with the Church of Christ. Another dear friend, to whom he had appealed in a former serious illness, and to whom, later, he sent this message: “Tell Charles M——that I once before knocked at the door of his heart, and that he must strive to meet me in heaven,” writes me, “his warning from the deathbed, I trust, has not been in vain. I feel that, under God, I now have a hope of a better life.” He called all the household, even the servants, to his bedside, and tenderly gave them his dying counsels and bade them loving farewells. He asked them what messages he should bear for them to the ransomed loved ones who had gone before.

Referring to the recent death of his youngest brother, he said, with a sweet smile, to his brother, Dr. Coleman: “Dear little Willie! I shall be more fortunate than you were, Robert; you went to Lexington to see him and were disappointed, but I shall not be disappointed. I shall certainly see him.”

Turning to his beloved wife, who had been an unwearied watcher and ministrant during his lingering illness, says Rev. Mr. Coleman, “he pronounced upon her character and life a most tender and beautiful eulogy, and in words that seemed to gush from the depths of his soul, praised, and thanked, and blessed her, for the happiness and joy which her love had brought to his heart and life.”

He charged those who ministered to him with pious messages to the absent. “Tell General Jackson and General Lee,” said he, “they know how Christian soldiers can fight, and I wish they could see now how a Christian soldier can die.”

In communicating this message to General Jackson, Dr. Coleman wrote: “I doubt not, general, that the intimate acquaintance ”

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